J. A. Adande

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J.A. Adande (/əˈdɑːnd/; born October 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American sports columnist who covers the National Basketball Association for ESPN.com. He also serves as a panelist for ESPN's Around the Horn and as a guest host on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption television shows. Adande is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism,[1][2] where he teaches a class entitled "Sports Commentary," and co-teaches a class entitled "Sports Public Relations."


Adande joined ESPN.com as an NBA columnist in August 2007. The panel at Around the Horn all congratulated him on the job and played a joke "Buy or Sell" segment about Adande's comments about joining ESPN. He is also now an NBA analyst on SportsCenter.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Los Angeles, the son of Desire and Elizabeth (Oberstein) Adande.[4] His grandfather, Gerson "Gus" Oberstein (1914-2003), was a violinist who had played with jazzmen Joe Roland and Charlie Parker, and later with the Berkeley Symphony.[5]


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